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"When you’ve fallen in love with an author’s debut novel, anticipating their follow-up can be a blessing and a curse. You wait, and you wait, and all the while, your expectations build. Will you love the second novel just as much? What if you DON’T love it?! Will your high expectations sabotage you? Well, never fear, David Arnold fans, because Kids of Appetite will pull you into its emotional vortex (this word choice will mean something to you after you finish) just as powerfully as Mosquitoland. Vic, a teenager born with Moebius syndrome - a rare neurological disorder that causes, among other things, facial paralysis - is still grappling with the death of his father two years ago, and when his mom’s boyfriend proposes to her, it sends him over the edge and, quite literally, out the door. Carrying an urn in his backpack, he sets off into the night, and finds himself taken in by a small group of kids - all on their own journeys - who are willing to help him with his. Loosely framed by a steadily unraveling murder investigation taking place a week later, Kids of Appetite is full of characters who each pack their own emotional punch - you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and so on - and remind us that our life stories are more intertwined than any of us can ever imagine. Don’t miss this one!" -Katie
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"John Green is one of those authors that always brings the feels. Turtles All the Way Down is a book about mental illness, it’s a book about the power of lifelong friendship, and there is a bit of romance thrown in the mix (though not much). Aza’s story isn’t the easiest to read, and she probably won’t be a relatable character to all people. There were things about her I could relate to, and I loved her voice. I also adored her friend, Daisy. Their friendship was actually my favorite part of this story. I also liked Aza’s mom and the Davis story-line, even though it wasn’t the focus. Once again, Green writes an unforgettable story with a fantastically flawed leading character. Aza’s story was one that made me think, made me feel, and spoke to me." -Christy
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